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Artist Turns Google Maps into Throw Rugs

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Written by Shane McGlaun | October 10, 2011

I have never understood the need for rugs in a home; it’s like carpet for your carpet. Since hard floors are cold and never clean if you have pets or kids, I get why you might want a rug in that instance, though. No matter the type of flooring you have in your home, David Hanaeur has designed a really cool rug that seems abstract until you look closely.

The rug in the photo you see above is actually four Google Maps prints arranged to meet up perfectly. At first glance, it looks like a strange carpet until you realize that you are seeing houses, stores, and streets, not just lines and random shapes. The idea behind the art project was to take the art of tapestry and bring a modern twist to it by using Google Maps as the design.


The idea is interesting. I could see these making for an interesting conversation piece in a home. It would also be cool to see the idea used in business to show the view of a location from the sky. While you can buy these rugs, I wonder if you can actually commission these carpets with your area as the print.

[via GOOD via Dvice]